Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890. First edition. Oblong 4to., 24 pp., with 12 photogravure plates and plate guards with texts, a.e.g. Plain tan paper over boards, which is rubbed with staining on the rear board. The text block and plates show occasional foxing and soiling, with a few short marginal tears. In all, a good copy. Item #50491
The text by Hamilton Wright Mabie accompanies the 12 photogravure plates which are fine landscapes and pastoral scenes in the Gravure-Gilbo process by A.W. Elson & Co., Boston. The plate margins are embellished with engraved drawings by Frank T. Merrill which add a touch of sweetness to the scenes. The protective guards have complementary quotations from Lucy Larcom, John. G. Whittier, William Cullen Bryant, John Townsend Trowbridge, et al. The photogravure plates are rich in tonal quality with silky deep blacks. "The Gilbo gravure method was named after Elson's plant manager and was a method using the photo-galvanic method of electrotyping the plate from a matrix rather than etching a plate through a resist...". The David A .Hanson Collection catalogue, p. 115.